How do you think the lamanites were able to keep firm, steadfast and immovable when everyone else had fallen away? How can we apply this to our lives?
There is peace for a few years and people prosper until they are lifted in pride and boasting again and persecution is strife. There is much inequality and the church is broken up except for a few faithful lamanites. The rest wilfully rebel against God. Prophets are sent, cry repentance and are stoned. Secret combinations begin again led by Jacob as their king. Nephi preaches repentance with power and performs mighty miracles. Many are coverted and baptised unto repentance.
3 Nephi 6:14
“And thus there became a great inequality in all the land, insomuch that the church began to be broken up; yea, insomuch that in the thirtieth year the church was broken up in all the land save it were among a few of the Lamanites who were converted unto the true faith; and they would not depart from it, for they were firm, and steadfast, and immovable, willing with all diligence to keep the commandments of the Lord.”
Rachael D: 3 Nephi 6:14 says the Lamanites converted to the true faith and were diligent in keeping the commandments of the Lord. This is what made them firm, steadfast and immovable.
I also like 3 Nephi 7 and the power Nephi had when preaching to the people. Nephi testified boldly that it was impossible not to believe what he has saying. He had angels minister unto him daily and performed many miracles. In verse 21 he says few were converted unto the Lord, but a few years later in verse 26 many were converted. I wonder what changed in these few years to bring about great success. Maybe it just takes time to soften hearts and for them to let the spirit in.